The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
The SMEs, Liberal Professions and Crafts Category held a meeting on Friday 26 September 2014. Following some opening remarks of welcome from the category Spokesperson, Group III member, Panagiotis Gkofas (EL), Maarit Nyman, Deputy Head of Unit of DG ENTR - Small Business Act, SME Policies, gave an overview of the European Commissions' consultation on: How can we make the EU a better place for SMEs? This was followed by an extensive debate with the members of the category who could contribute directly to the consultation. The members also examined the possibility of contributing to the follow-up to the EESC opinion REX/390 "Transatlantic trade relations and the EESC's views on an enhanced cooperation and eventual EU-US FTA".